Say NO To Bad Carbs! Here’s why! 

​Simple carbs, such as those found in cookies, candy and chips, are The Bachelorette of the food world. They’ll give you a quick thrill — but you know they’re bad for you, and you’re guaranteed to feel a bit guilty afterwards.
And yet we still can’t break our addiction to them. (And it is an addiction, according to certain studies.) Worse, even if you are careful about intake, you might be stunned to realize how much you’re actually eating. There are almost as many carbs in a single chocolate chip cookie as there are in a bowl of oatmeal!
With carbs so pervasive—and so hard to resist— We wondered what happens to your body if you give them up.
 
 
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1. When You Give Up Carbs…You Start Burning Fat
Immediately. Reducing your intake of calorie-dense carbs automatically reduces the amount of calories you’re consuming on a daily basis, which forces your body to burn fat stored around your midsection for energy, rather than the sugars it takes from carbohydrates.
 
BeeXtreme Tip: Exercise in the morning before you eat breakfast. This forces your body to burn stored fat, instead of the food you’ve eaten earlier in the day. To further blast fat, drink Pu-erh tea, which has been found to lower fat concentrations in the blood.
 
2. When You Give Up Carbs…You Feel Less Hungry
 
It’s not calories that satiate your hunger, it’s nutrients: fiber, protein and healthy fats. Unfortunately, simple refined carbs are lacking in all three, even as they fill your body with fast, cheap calories. So no matter how much you eat, your body will go in search of more food. The result: a sluggish, hungrier you—one who’s more likely to dive into the snack drawer.
 
Bee-xtreme  Tip: Start your day with a high-protein, high-fat food like Greek yogurt, eggs scrambled with vegetables, or chia pudding, and you’ll reduce your hunger.
 
3. When You Give Up Carbs…Your Belly Gets Flatter
One of the first things you notice when you replace simple carbs with high-fiber foods is that your belly may flatten out. The reason: Most Americans only take in 15 of the recommended 25 to 38 grams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine. As a result, the healthy gut microbes that keep us lean have less to munch on, and the unhealthy microbes—which feast on sugar—take over. Those are the little buggers that cause bloating, and make your belly look bigger than it actually is. Bumping up fiber can help promote healthy regularity.
 
Bee-Xtreme Tip: Start with simple swaps that feel natural to you. Trade the white bread for whole-grain or add some beans to tacos and stir-fry. And if you’re hungry between meals, reach for raw nuts. Nuts are a great source of fiber and healthy fat, which can help fight inflammation in the body and also promote digestion.
 
4. When You Give Up Carbs…You Slash Your Risk of Diabetes
 
Simple carbs are made of simple sugars, and eating too many can wreak havoc in your body in both the short and long term. The more of these quickly digested carbs you consume, the more insulin your pancreas produces, which can eventually lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
 
Bee-Xtreme Tip: Fiber-rich complex carbs are harder for your body to digest, preventing the blood sugar spikes that cause insulin release. The lower and more steady we keep blood sugar, the less insulin is released on a consistent basis and the more insulin-sensitive our tissues remain—which is a good thing. So, cutting back on the simple stuff means you’ll be able to maintain stable blood sugar levels and reduce your risk for diabetes.
 
 
5. When You Give Up Carbs…Your Muscles Get Stronger
Almost every food in the world is healthier than simple carbs—from burgers and steaks to yogurt and even ice cream. In part, that’s because simple carbs lack protein, the building blocks of muscle (and a key contributor to healthy hair, nails and skin). By filling your body with protein and other nutrients, you’re giving it what it needs to grow without having to find additional calories.
 
Bee-Xtreme Tip: If you typically get hungry between meals, try replacing those vending-machine sweets with high-protein snacks that will fuel your body and give you stable energy for the afternoon ahead.
 
6. When You Give Up Carbs…You Feel More Energized
 
Not all carbs are bad, of course. Your body needs carbohydrates to function properly, and they’re especially important for adequate brain and muscle function. By switching from simple carbs to more long-running fuel—fruits and vegetables, whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa and other whole-grain options—you’ll ensure you have a steady flow of energy and avoid the ups and downs that simple carbs cause. You’ll no longer need to make poor food choices as a way of getting quick energy, and you won’t be dragging through those afternoon hours.
 
Bee-Xtreme Tip: The lowest safe amount of carbohydrates is about 50 grams daily, according to Mayo Clinic; avoid dipping below that amount if you want to avoid major dips in energy. One cup of oatmeal and a half a banana is all it takes to reach that total.
 
When you add Xtreme Supplementation to your low carb day your % of fat burning capabilities raise by 100%. 

are your food choices right for you? The simple elimination diet that could change your life for good! 

You may not realize it, but the foods you’re eating every day could be slowly corrupting your health and shortening your lifespan. But how do you know? For many people, toxic foods are hard to spot, especially for those who’ve already cleaned up their diets and feel like they are eating healthy.

For example, I recently read an article where a patient who went into the doctor  because she’d gotten a facial and was told she had “allergy skin.” The slight redness and tiny bumps on her cheeks were more noticeable to her than anybody else, but they were definitely there. She had already gone mostly gluten-free, was a trained health coach, and overall had a very healthy diet. But after speaking with her, they realized that she had signs and symptoms of system-wide inflammation: needing allergy shots for dust and mold, and having gas and bloating that were only soothed by taking digestive enzymes.

This patient had already done a lot of the hard work in solving her issues, but it was clear that she still had leaky gut, which is the underlying cause of many people’s allergies and inflammation. She came in because she wanted food allergy testing. She left with an elimination diet. Here’s why.
Testing can be illuminating, but the “gold standard,” meaning the last word, in figuring out if foods are causing inflammation (contributing to everything from autoimmune arthritis, to irritable bowel, to acne), is to cut out the culprit foods for about a month and see how you feel when you reintroduce them.

I actually recommend that everyone—yes everyone—do an elimination diet at least once. We’re doing this in the Bee-Xtreme Community right now!! www.facebook.com/groups/beextremecommunity/ Come join us for support!! 

So how do you do it and not make it complicated? Here is my easy 7-step plan for doing your own elimination diet. You might be surprised by what you learn!

1. Take stock. It’s hard to know where you’re going unless you know where you are.

Do you have skin issues? Digestive issues like gas, bloating, or intermittent constipation? Bad allergies? How’s your energy level? What about your mood? Ever feel like you suffer from brain fog? These are just some potential symptoms of food sensitivities.

So, before you begin an elimination diet, start at your head and go to your toes, and make a list of everything you notice in your body, however subtle or long-standing the symptom has been. This sets you up to notice important changes when they happen.

2. Eliminate the usual suspects for 23 days.

The basic elimination diet is as simple as this:
No gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fast food, or alcohol for 23 days.
Why 23 Days?
Antibodies, which are the proteins that your immune system makes when it reacts to foods, take around 21 to 23 days to turn over, so if you don’t quit things to which you’re sensitive for at least that time, you won’t get the full effect of eliminating them.

Why Booze?
Eliminating alcohol is partly for the detox factor. But alcohol also has a lot of sugar that helps things like yeast and harmful bacteria in your gut thrive. So when you eliminate alcohol, you may feel better in a few weeks, not just because of the absence of a sleep disruptor and a depressant in your life, but because you’ve actually changed the flora in your gut that are critical to keeping you healthy!

3. Cr*#! What DO I eat?
If this is your reaction, do not freak out! You can do this. The diet requires a little grocery shopping and taking a few extra minutes a day to prepare food.
We’re all habituated to fast-food, easy prep, and taking two seconds to round up and scarf down a meal. The problem is that typically food that can be prepared and consumed this way makes us sick over time.
New habits take 21 days to form, so the yogis say, which is also why we’re doing a 23-day elimination diet! We want these new habits to die hard.

4. But seriously …. what do I eat?

  • 30% “clean” protein, i.e. organic, hormone-free, grass-fed, happy, lean beef, chicken, and wild fish and shellfish
  • 70% vegetables, legumes (think beans and lentils), nuts, seeds, seaweeds, and gluten-free grains like quinoa

See, it’s that simple!

5. What to eat & what to avoid
DO …

  • DO eat fish. (But watch out for fish on the NRDC’s high mercury list like tuna and swordfish.)
  • DO eat lots of fiber, fresh whole foods, and unprocessed meals you make yourself.
  • DO eat lots of healthy fats found in olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, sunflower oil, flax oil, walnut oil, and avocados.

DO NOT

  • Do NOT eat processed health bars if possible. They often have 15 grams (or more) of sugar. If you need them for an emergency snack, the kinds I like are Go Raw pumpkin bars and Kind’s “Nuts and Spices” variety, because they are very low in sugar.
  • Do NOT carbo load on gluten-free breads, cereals and crackers. Totally cool to eat some of these, but in an ideal world, you’re not just replacing a lot of refined carbs with a lot of gluten free refined carbs.

Watch out for oats, they almost always have gluten!

6. How do I reintroduce foods the right way?
This is also much simpler than people make it out to be.
On day 24, pick one thing you eliminated—like gluten, OR dairy, OR eggs—but not more than one, and eat it.
See how you feel over the next 48 hours. If you have no reaction after two days, eat that same food again, and for a second time, notice how you feel. From there, it’s up to you whether or not to re-incorporate that food into your diet on a regular basis.
Once you’ve made a call on the first food you reintroduce, pick another one and follow the same steps.

7. This all works best when you pay attention to you.
Throughout the diet and the reintroduction process, notice how you feel. Maybe you’ll see changes you weren’t expecting. Maybe your sleep quality or your energy level is better. Maybe the redness in your skin is gone, or your belly is flatter.
No blood test can tell you what life without a particular food will be like. When you find out for yourself, you could be saving yourself a lifetime of inflammation, annoying symptoms, and in some cases, even life-threatening diseases.


 VIA mindbodygreen.com

The Power of Surrender!

Let’s face it. There is not one miracle pill on this market that is going to work 100% for everyone. I can’t stress this enough. Advertising is skewed with “catchy” words and shiny products, but the truth is the only simple way to lose weight is to stay motivated, keep yourself on track, and STOP putting garbage in your mouth!! 

You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Have you ever heard that? It’s 100% the truth. 

​Is it possible you are trying to search for an answer to your weight loss or fitness struggle you have already received? Are you searching for truth you’ve already heard or searching for the best advice that you’ve already been told?
 
I’d like to take you on a journey back in time in order to make my point because I feel this same type of story happens in fitness and health all the time. People are searching for an answer, not liking the answer they get, and they keep searching – only to delay results because they are delaying in their obedience because they don’t like the answers they are receiving.
 
I’m talking about Moses and Pharaoh and the plagues (click here to read the whole story). It’s a perfect example of rebellion – and I think we often become rebellious in our fitness journey too. We rebel against the diet, rebel against the workouts, we rebel against our trainer …and when it’s all said and done, we blame everyone else but our own rebellious self when we are plagued with guilt, poor health and unfavorable results. Isn’t it time you end the vicious cycle?
 
 
The Power Of Surrender
No one likes to surrender. There is something very scary about surrendering, being “out of control” and giving up something or someway that is familiar and seems safe – even if it is horrible for you.
 
We prefer to fight. It’s in our nature – and while, there are many things worth fighting for, there are many things that aren’t. Many things we ought to surrender, we hold on to like unhealthy relationships, bad habits, selfish desires, laziness, etc. For Pharaoh, it was power.
 
Moses’ message to Pharaoh was “let the people free”. With each plague that followed when Pharaoh didn’t obey, Moses returned with the same message “let the people free’. The bible verse reminded us that after God has already told you something, He’s not going to keep speaking to you if you keep ignoring what He’s already told you. He’s not going to give you a different message. He’s not going to change His mind. So, we need to quit looking for ways around things.
 
I use every diet plan that I offer my clients. I use every supplement I offer my clients. I’ve tried it all and I’m just like you! Weight loss is roller coaster if you don’t stay dedicated and consistent. It’s not easy. There will be days that challenge you but I promise you that your results are worth your efforts.
 
Our supplements were designed to help you with those everyday struggles of over eating, night time cravings, lack of energy from exhaustion, detox of toxins and mucus from your body that hinder your everyday results, and more.
 
There were no surprises. Fitness and meal prep works because it’s just based on science. People don’t lack new or different workouts. They lack consistency and commitment. While I do a lot of creative workouts, I just do that to keep things fresh and fun, not because they are necessarily more effective.
 
For some, staying on track will prove to be harder than others, depending on environment, enabling, discipline, commitment, encouragement, accountability, knowledge and hope.
 
Genetics and metabolism play a part too, but only second to excuses.

5 Reasons Why the Right Message Got the Wrong Result
 
1. Maybe you heard wrong. OK, so maybe you heard the truth, but you interpreted it incorrectly. Make it a mission to not just hear but fully understand diet and fitness.
 
2. Maybe you didn’t follow the instructions. Some people abandon a fitness program or diet plan simply because they didn’t follow the instructions. You have to be honest with yourself. Did you follow the instructions to a T? Did you follow the instructions long enough to get the results you wanted? Chances are, the instructions were right but they weren’t followed correctly.
 
3. Maybe you weren’t ready. I can’t explain why someone tries something a million times and suddenly it works except that maybe they just weren’t fully ready. Some people aren’t quite miserable enough to embrace a real change. Some people allow their priorities to be out of order and put other things before their health. Some people are just as stubborn as Pharaoh and simply prefer to go through the struggle.
 
4. Maybe circumstances got in the way. Life happens. We get in survival mode and abandon things that are important. The first to go seems to be our health or even going to church, when those should remain priorities even through the tough times. If something got in the way last time you tried to succeed, forget about it. Forgive yourself and just start fresh. Even if you have to start over a million times, never give up.
 
5. Maybe what you thought was the right message was actually wrong.  Not every trainer or fitness enthusiast is on target. Just like there are some “false prophets” or pastors that are off track, there are fitness leaders who also aren’t speaking truths. If the message you’ve been told sounds too good to be true, maybe you need to check your source, we should check it against text books and people who are well educated. The same way your faith can’t depend on someone else’s knowledge or experience (it has to be your own), your health and fitness can’t solely depend on other people’s knowledge. It’s up to you to get the education and experience you need to make better choices. no shortcuts.
 
For most—motivation is the thing that’s lacking. When polled, that’s what most say. We understand and we know where you’re coming from. Join in the BeeXtreme Community to stay motivated to be a better you.
 
XOXO
 
Toni